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Home Health Physical Therapy Visits May Lower Re-Hospitalization Risk by 82%

Posted on Saturday, April 20, 2019 5:14 PM

According to a new study in the Journal of American Medical Directors Association, one to two weekly physical therapy sessions after hospital discharge can lower the re-hospitalization rate by 82% in elderly patients.  More than 3.3 million re-hospitalizations take place each year and one third of Medicare patients experience a decline in the 90 days following discharge.

“As part of the study, researchers analyzed OASIS data and Medicare-certified home health care administrative records from one statewide nonprofit home health agency to determine the impact of programs such as physical therapy, skilled nursing and occupational therapy on re-hospitalization among older patients.”

The study also showed that re-hospitalization risk was lowered to 48% with two weekly skilled nursing visits.

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